There are many benefits for businesses that engage with students at local secondary schools and colleges.
From college leavers with new ideas and project capability, to younger people wanting to learn more about a diverse range of workplaces and industries, your business could not only support these students looking for their first step towards gaining valuable experience but also bring a wealth of knowledge and a fresh pair of eyes to your workplace.
Whether you can offer work experience or give a short talk or presentation on your career to date during National Careers Week, this support can mean a lot to the students, especially those who have missed out during the pandemic. Young people leaving education also greatly benefit from going through the process of a mock interview, gaining confidence and valuable techniques. Scroll down to see when you could get involved and help support the workforce of tomorrow.
"I had a great experience on my placement and gained a greater understanding of the business world as a result. From listening in to an international trade forum to learning about how to speak to clients and understand their needs, I went on to research and gather information to help the team make improvements to some of its websites. My opinions were listened to and felt valued. It was a really good opportunity."
Lucy Barker, Student, Woking College
National Careers Week 2023
National Careers Week invites employees, employers and sole traders from a wide range of industries to give an informal presentation or short workshop local students planning their next step beyond education.
SAVE THE DATE for Green Careers Week 6 - 11 November 2023.
Bishop David Brown School is organising a Careers Fair for Thursday 23 November 2023. They are looking for approximately 40 local businesses to attend on the day.
Please contact Safia Eljamaly if you want to attend the Bishop David Brown School Careers Fair.
Woking College Careers Fair - 25 June 2024
At the annual Woking College Careers Fair you can join up to 100 other local businesses and universities to promote your company and its career opportunities to around 800 students.
This is a great cost-free opportunity to talk to a huge potential future workforce about your job sector and company, available roles, any schemes you offer to college leavers or apprenticeships and part time roles which may fit around students’ studies.
Please contact Sarah Williams if you are interested in having a stand.
An ideal opportunity to link directly to the labour market, successful placements can lead to engaging a part-time or seasonal employee, an apprentice, or even a new full-time worker.
"We've got 12 students booked in for work experience so far this year, and recently gave presentations at three local high schools about working in the film industry. We actively encourage and mentor students so that we can support them on their journey. As a company, we feel that work experience is super important, particularly given the effects of the Covid lockdowns on some students' social skills and confidence."
Phil Miller, MD, DreamingFish
Woking College students are aged 16-18 and have the capability to research and undertake real projects during their placements.
Contact Helen Taylor, Work Experience Co-ordinator if you can offer work expereince between 26 February and 1 March 2024.
School Careers Coordinators (year 10+)
- Bishop David Brown: 24 to 28 June 2024. Contact: Safia Eljamaly
- Hoe Valley School. Contact: Nikki Kane
- St. John the Baptist. Contact: Nicola Risman
- Winston Churchill School. Contact: Lara Smyth
- Woking High School: 8 to 12 July 2024. Contact: Carol Jarman
The Brooklands Innovation Academy
The Brooklands Innovation Academy inspires and supports young people to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Guildford Games Festival
The Guildford Games Festival is a multi-day celebration where fans can try out demos, chat with developers, watch livestreams, and learn about upcoming games.
Pinewood Futures Festival
Pinewood Futures Festival is the biggest screen industry careers event in the UK for young people looking to start a career in the film and TV sectors. It is being held on 24-25 November 2023.
The National Apprentice Show
The National Apprentice Show, London and South East is the perfect event for school and college leavers, and young adults, to discover more about apprenticeships across the region. London & SE - The National Apprenticeship Show is being held at Sandown Park Race Course, Epsom, Surrey:
Tuesday 27 February 2024 10am to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 6pm
Wednesday 28 February 2024 10am to 2pm
The Children's Business Fair UK
The Children’s Business Fair UK gives young entrepreneurs aged 7-17 the opportunity to launch their very own business, sell to real customers and make their own money. https://childrensbusinessfair.co.uk/
University of the Creative Arts
"We are not just a business but an organisation of people who care about the society we live in. Most of us have children and we care very much about their future, so it is a privilege to be able to provide work experience for the future generation. It does not require that much time from us but is extremely rewarding."
Ivan Dos Santos, Service Desk Manager, Pro Drive IT